Laowa 15mm f2 FE Zero-D – E mount goes ultra wide, ultra fast!

By Fabian Chaundy

Laowa 15mm f2

The recently-announced Laowa 15mm f2 FE Zero-D for claims to be the widest f2 lens in the Sony E-mount platform.

Venus Optics, manufacturer of such wide-angle beauties as the full-frame Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D for Canon EF (see review HERE ) or the Laowa 7.5mm f2 for Micro Four-Thirds (see review HERE) has now finally officially announced its new Laowa 15mm f2 FE Zero-D. We first heard about it at Photokina 2016, but there wasn’t a lot of information available besides its name. We now have a full list of specs and pricing, as well as sample images!

Laowa 15mm f2 FE Zero-D

This new Laowa bears the Zero-D label, meaning it has been designed as an ultra wide-angle lens that still remains rectilinear — in other words, offers a very wide field of view without tending towards the fisheye look of distorted straight lines.

The Laowa 15mm f2 is a rectilinear lens with minimal distortion. Image: Venus Optics

It is a fully-manual lens that will cover both full frame and APS-C/Super 35mm sensors on Sony’s E-mount platform, making it an ideal companion to the Sony Alpha line as well as camcorders such as the Sony FS7 or Sony FS5. As a nod to filmmakers, Venus Optics has included an aperture switch that will allow you to easily declick the iris ring for smooth exposure changes. Just click it back for quick tactile feedback of your f-stop when shooting stills. Nice!

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